Development and expansion could be in the future for Blue Springs, with a major employer planning an expansion and the concept plan for a new community development being approved.
Todd Muenstermann of Durvet Inc. approached the City Council Monday night, requesting the street right-of-way for Magellan Drive be vacated south of Walnut Street. According to the proposal submitted to the council, Durvet requested the vacation to “obtain additional land in order to expand their current operations.” The company makes animal medicine and related products.
The council approved the application, granting the company ownership of the right-of-way.
According to council documents, Durvet will submit several other applications before the expansion can take place. It will be applying for a final plat, a conditional-use permit and a site plan with design and appearance reviews. This will be the company’s second addition at this location.
Mayor Carson Ross congratulated Muenstermann on the company’s second expansion.
“We certainly look at Durvet as being a fixture,” he said. “We’re happy to see you expanding. … We’re happy to have you here.”
The council also held a hearing on plans for the Edgewater at Chapman Farms community development, formerly known as The Meadows at Chapman Farms.
Vincent Walker represented Summit Homes, the developer of the proposed community. He said the homes the company wishes to build are aimed toward millennials, saying the homes are built to be more affordable than many other new houses, while remaining stylistically pleasing.
The council approved the concept plan following a discussion of its pros and cons. Several council members were concerned with lack of parking due to driveway length or proximity to mailboxes, and others voiced their concern with the houses being too close together. Walker said the houses’ two-car garages would suffice for parking, and said there would be plenty of space between houses. The bill was ultimately passed, with several council members agreeing the development would bring much needed diversity to Blue Springs housing.